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The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation is delighted to recognize Team Resnick as the MMRF Spirit of Hope Honorees at the 2017 MMRF Team for Cures: New York City 5K Walk/Run.
Posted September 2017
Team Resnick was formed after Alan Resnick was diagnosed in May of 2014. Alan appeared to be the epitome of good health, he watched his diet and exercised regularly. A routine blood test showed a high level of protein, thus beginning Alan’s multiple myeloma journey. Shortly thereafter, the Resnick family got involved with the MMRF. They attended lectures and participated in patient education programs. In 2015, the team walked for the first time with just their immediate family. No one else knew of Alan’s illness. The family wanted to be supportive and raise money for research.
“Alan Resnick– husband, father, grandfather and uncle to our team members– was and continues to be our inspiration to help find a cure for multiple myeloma.” – Craig Resnick
At the beginning of his journey Alan was diagnosed with smoldering myeloma. Quickly, the family learned that Alan had an aggressive light chain variety that was difficult to treat. He felt it was important to be part of the MMRF CoMMpass Study to help other patients down the road. Alan knew the research wouldn’t help him, but also knew that without other patients before him participating in research studies, many of the treatments he was getting would not have been available. After undergoing many new therapies, Alan Resnick passed away on July 28, 2016.
The family promised Alan they would continue to walk and fundraise as long as they could to help other patients. The team continues to make a strong impact with their incredible fundraising efforts and spirit. Team Resnick’s reach has extended from New York to California. Alan’s nephew raises money and volunteers at the MMRF walk in Los Angeles.
“This award is very meaningful to our team because of the promise we made to continue to do what we can to support the MMRF. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the funds we raise leads to a cure.”
Alan’s multiple myeloma’s journey has taught the Resnick’s to cherish every day. In the two years that they were dealing with multiple myeloma the family came together with friends and appreciated what they all meant to each other. Alan’s lasting legacy is the strength he showed through his illness. He did not let multiple myeloma define him. He was a law professor and approached his illness with the mind of an academic leaving no stone unturned.
“Alan Resnick showed his children and grandchildren what true dignity looks like. He spoke to each one of them about how special they were to him and asked them not to feel sorry for him because he had a wonderful life. It was a life that was too short, but well lived. That is a lasting legacy.” -Jill Resnick
The MMRF works tirelessly to find a cure to extend the lives of patients, and is proud to honor Team Resnick as the 2017 recipient of the MMRF Spirit of Hope Award. This award is given at every MMRF 5K Walk/Run event to a person or team who inspires hope and shows extraordinary commitment to the MMRF. Team Resnick has touched the myeloma community with their strength of character, their kindness, and their embodiment of hope.